Ugo Fano UGO FANO PRIZE 2019
for Materials Science, Light Science & Life Science

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Rome Dec 20, 2019
Venue: Marconi Hall (1st floor), CNR Headquarters, P.le A. Moro 7, 00185 Rome, Italy


Ugo Fano Prize 2019 and
Ugo Fano Symposium “Majorana Fermions and Quantum Matter for Quantum computing”


PROGRAM (download PDF)


CHAIRMEN: Antonio Bianconi, RICMASS and IC-CNR
Gaetano Campi, IC-CNR
Augusto Marcelli, INFN-MAECI
Andrea Perali, Camerino University


08:50-09:30Opening Session – Chair Augusto Marcelli, INFN-MAECI

Annibale Mottana: Academy of Science XL

Luciano Galantini: Sapienza University of Rome, Department of Chemistry

Antonio Valletta: Istituto per la microelettronica e microsistemi CNR-IMM

Paola Gallo: Roma Tre University Department Mathematics & Physics

Massimo Capone: SISSA and CNR-IOM Trieste

Claudio Pettinari: University of Camerino

Michele Saviano: CNR - Institute of Crystallography

1st SessionChair: Andrea Perali, Camerino University

09:30-10:00Luciano Maiani: La lunga vita del Neutrino di Majorana

10:00-10:30Massimo Inguscio: Ultracold fermions: from Fano resonances to quantum simulation

10:30-10:40Antonio Bianconi Ugo Fano Prize LaudatioThe legacy of Ugo Fano and Ettore Majorana

10:40-11:10Laurens Molenkamp (Ugo Fano Gold Medal Laureate)

11:10-11:20Ugo Fano Gold Medal ceremony

11:20-11:50Coffee break

2nd SessionChair:Antonio Bianconi,RICMASS and IC-CNR

11:50-12:00Andrea Perali Ugo Fano Prize Laudatio: Ugo Fano resonance and superconductivity

12:00-12:30 Gabriel Aeppli (Ugo Fano Gold Medal Laureate)

12:30-12:40Ugo Fano Gold Medal ceremony


Chair:Piera Mattei, Mariangela Cestelli Guidi, Lina Lo Giudice, Simona Perruzza

13:30-14:30Lunch time

Session Quantum Computation and Majorana Fermions

Chair: Massimo Capone: SISSA and CNR-IOM Trieste

14:30-15:00Simone Montangero: The second quantum revolution

15:00-15:30Chiara Macchiavello: A novel quantum computing model for an artificial neuron

15:30-15:50David Vitali: Quantum illumination and quantum radar

15:50-16:10Alessandra Lanzara: Spin Orbit Coupling in quantum matter

16:10-16:30Roberta Citro: Majorana fermions in generalized Kitaev models

16:30-17:00Coffee break

Quantum Complex Materials

Chair: Gaetano Campi, CNR - Institute of Crystallography

17:00-17:20Andrea Perali: A quantum complex material K-doped para-terphenyl

17:20-17:40Floriana Lombardi: Induced superconductivity in 3D Topological Insulators

17:40-18:00Y. Soh: Spin reorientation and magnetotransport

TOPICS: Fano Resonances, Majorana states, Majorana Fermions,  Quantum topology and devices, Topological room temperature superconductivity, Correlated disorder, Non-Euclidean geometries, Hyperbolic space, Coherence and correlations in living matter


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Winner of the 2016 Ugo Fano Gold Medal


John Pendry

John Pendry

Professor Sir
Blackett Laboratory
Imperial College
London, UK

Scientific reference:
J. B. Pendry, Negative Refraction Makes a Perfect Lens, Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 3966 (2000)

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John Pendry has made seminal contributions to surface science, disordered systems and photonics. His most recent work has introduced a new class of materials, metamaterials, whose electromagnetic properties depend on their internal structure rather than their chemical constitution. Pendry discovered that a ‘perfect lens’ manufactured from negatively refracting material would circumvent Abbé’s diffraction limit to spatial resolution, which has stood for more than a century. His most recent innovation of ‘transformation optics’ gives the metamaterial specifications required to rearrange electromagnetic field configurations at will, by representing the field distortions as a warping of the space in which they exist. In its simplest form the theory shows how we can direct field lines around a given obstacle and thus provide a ‘cloak of invisibility’, which was first realised at Duke in 2006.





Winners of the 2015 Ugo Fano Gold Medal


Lev Gor'kov

Lev Gor'kov

Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida,

National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida,

Landau Institute of Theoretical Physics

Scientific reference:
L. P. Gor'kov, "Developing BCS Ideas in the Former Soviet Union," in BCS: 50 Years, ed. Leon N. Cooper and Dmitri Feldman (Singapore: World Scientific: 2011), 107-126

Personal web page

Photo Credit: Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives

Lev Gor'kov

Mikhail Eremets

Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie, Mainz

Scientific reference:
Drozdov, A.P., Eremets, M.I., Troyan, I.A., Ksenofontov, V. & Shylin, S.I. Nature Nature 524, 277 (20 August 2015)

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